Captions for Cartoons Not Yet Drawn
by Celia Bland
Captions for Cartoons Not Yet Drawn: Premature Anticipation
Caption 1. Anticipation is premature when she starts sweating
On a high stool before plate glass.
Caption 2: Itís photo realism: city grays, a
red coat moving, a man loping
smoking in black.
Caption 3: She is writing, pretending not to haveÖ
So he will call out to her.
Caption 4: Anticipation is sweating on a high stool
waiting before a bank of plate glass, writing
about waiting in fuzzy red
diary he never asked to read, never asked
to fuck her, his friend who bummed
cigarettes and coffee who
listened who complained who took to
wearing tight clothes.
Caption 5: The glass window, the goldfish
view, a square tank and she is
Captions for Cartoons Not Yet Drawn: 7 Reece Mews, Francis Baconís Studio
Caption 1: Itís a crime noun, adjective, adjective,
the oversized places
and things, the bookshelves, the
paint blossoming tissue
anemones, adjectives and blood.
Caption 2: Under the bed: article
dildo, article box of past-participled
adjectival claims, and human
teeth; balled-up proverb.
Caption 3: The violence of an absence
like an opened noun, outlined
in dog, gnash, innocent the tenth,
caesura. What draws pronoun
to these stretcher broken bars?
Caption 4: The turps stink adverb. Some
pronoun has expired and I
and me and you,
we gerund, furiously
Celia Bland teaches at Bard College where she is also the director of College Writing. Her collection of poetry, Soft Box, is available from CavanKerry Press.
2004. All rights reserved.
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